|Englewood artist Irmari Nacht’s “Books39Isaiah.”|
“SAVED: Recycled Artist Books” by Irmari Nacht will be on display at the second floor display space, Balcony Cases, at Brooklyn Public Library, from February 12 to April 5.
Ms. Nacht’s recycled book series, “SAVED,” uses books that otherwise might have been discarded and transforms them into artworks. The books are cut, sometimes into slivers that curl and return to the tree-like shape from which the paper was made. The artwork uses the book as a metaphor.
Ms. Nacht’s “Books39Isaiah,” pictured, uses words from the prophet Isaiah’s writings. According to her, “In my recycled artist book, I am fascinated by the beauty of the Hebrew letters as they reach out to the viewer. The words are not immediately readable, but give an impression of content. The words are displaced from the book, much like the Nazi victims who were removed from their homes. But there is hope; in its recycling, the torn pages take on a tree-like shape, and a tree is life.”
Locally, Ms. Nacht’s work recently was shown at the at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, the Belskie Museum in Closter, and the Intermezzo Gallery at bergenPAC in Englewood, among many other places. Her art has been exhibited internationally and nationally and is in several corporate and public collections, including AT&T, PSE&G, ADP, Newark Museum, International Museum of Collage, Rutgers University, Cleveland Art Institute, Bowdoin College, Jimmy Carter Museum, and Yale Art Museum.
An opening reception is set for Thursday, February12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Dweck Center Lobby at the Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. For information, go to www.bklynlibrary.org.